In a major plan to promote green transport and fitness, an integrated bicycle track connecting Vizag beach road, air and sea ports will be coming up soon. Earlier, the Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation, as part of the beach redevelopment projects, had planned to lay a 27-km dedicated bicycle track from VMRDA office to Bheemili.
A tender was also called to prepare the Detailed Project Report (DPR) for the same. However, the project was kept on hold after the proposal for the integrated bicycle track surfaced. The bicycle track, planned on the Vizag beach road, needs to be extended to Bhogapuram in Vizianagaram as the new airport is being built there. The National Highway Authority of India has also evinced interest in it.
Speaking to Hello Vizag, GVMC chief engineer M Venkateswara Rao said: “We had invited tender for the DPR of 27-km bicycle beach road from VMRDA to Bheemili which will be a future-savvy too. Once the agency for the implementation of the integrated project is finalized, the design for the project will get its due shape and the project could take off”
It may be recalled that the master plan for the beach redevelopment has already been prepared. According to the master plan prepared for the beach redevelopment, the aim is to construct beautiful greenery along the stretch, coupled with separate walking and cycling tracks, benches on the sideways with drinking fountains, and public washrooms. GVMC had issued a request for proposal (RFP) to prepare a detailed project report for the same.
The Detailed Project Report’s main component will be the focus on integration and strategic approach for merging the green infrastructure with the existing roads, transit areas, bus stands, proposed metro stations, and residential areas. The strategic plan would focus on providing an ecosystem of bi-cycle tracks by creating off-road bicycle tracks and trails running along the beach at various identified stretches. The approximate budget for this dedicated cycling and jogging track from VMRDA to Bheemili was Rs 112 crore.